One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Burn a model of a person as a protest.‘the minister was burned in effigy’
- ‘As colonists' anger over the Stamp Act built, a tax official was burned in effigy from the limbs of an elm estimated to be 120 years old.’
- ‘In 1793 Tom Paine, the English author of the Rights of Man, which sought to justify the French Revolution, was burned in effigy in the Market Place.’
- ‘He was burned in effigy outside one English pub and spent most of the following season enduring vilification from crowds at league grounds up and down the country.’
- ‘Figures representing the Mexican and US presidents were burned in effigy.’
- ‘Guy Fawkes, as you probably already know, is the 17th century Roman Catholic who still gets burned in effigy all over England each and every autumn.’
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